CS3 Beta

Discussion in 'Design and Graphics' started by Mal, Dec 18, 2006.

  1. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    Maybe this isn't allowed, and if not I apologize profusely, but since I couldn't find anything forbidding it, I was wondering if anyone who has CS2 and isn't planning to try out the beta of CS3 would be willing to let me use their beta key. You wouldn't even have to provide me with your CS2 license key, merely obtain a CS3 beta key and let me know. In return, I would happily let you know my impressions of the beta in detail, and perform tests as you like. I'm only running a MacBook basic model, but there are some things I'd love to test on it, and until CS3 is released in earnest, and possibly not even then, I won't be able to purchase and use it even at university prices.

    Again, if this isn't allowed, please accept my apologies. Otherwise, pm me or post here if you're willing to do this.

  2. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    Anyone can download the CS3 beta. If you do not have a key, you can use it for 2 days. I suggest you do this, since it is not really allowed for people to give you their key.
  3. eyeon macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2004
    Montana, USA
    Since we're on the subject, I was wondering about this... how does one aquire a "beta key" for CS3? I have bought and own CS2 Premium, but when I enter that serial key into the dialog box for CS3 it tells me that it's invalid. So, my short two-day trial has already ended!

    Hopefully there's an easy answer to this... thanks in advance.
  4. rjphoto macrumors 6502a


    Mar 7, 2005

    I had not seen the 2 day trial deal.

    Here's one: I have CS2 on PC. Can I get the CS3 full beta for Mac?
  5. JasperJohnSon macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2006

    Your copy is probably not registered. Registering is different from activating, so you might look into that.

    Just one thought.
  6. Mal thread starter macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    I'm going to try it (not going to bother until I get my MacBook back from service, though, old lampshade iMac is a bit too slow), but where do you see that it's not allowed for people to give me a beta key? I was looking for that, though I admit I didn't look too hard, but I didn't see any indication of that. It's not a product key like the CS2 license, it's merely a limited beta.

  7. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2006
    Shropshire, UK
    I couldn't - I went through the registration process and got a CS3 key, but the wizard won't accept it in CS3: Looks like it's only good for the Windows version :(
  8. twomiracles macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2006
    I just downloaded and installed it and it asked for either a serial number or try it for 30 days. Does that mean that the trial is actually working for 30 days now or will it disappear after 2?
  9. adom macrumors 6502

    May 27, 2006

    30 if you have a beta serial!
  10. twomiracles macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2006
    Right, figured that out. Sadly, I am running CS, not CS2, so I can't get one. And even more sadly, I just moved from PC to Mac, so I'm without PS after 2 days. I'll probably just download the CS2 trial to get me 30 days closer to the release of CS3, which I'll buy when it comes out because of my wonderful student discount.
  11. Snark macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2003
    Nope, longer than that if you have a serial number.

    From the FAQ:
    Q: When will the Adobe Photoshop CS3 beta expire?
    A. The Photoshop CS3 beta will expire soon after the launch of Photoshop CS3 in spring 2007.

  12. twomiracles macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2006
    Does the desktop always show through? This is weirding me out, I have to close all the other apps or I see them behind my images. Is that normal? Please answer soon, I only have a few hours left :D !
  13. iMeowbot macrumors G3


    Aug 30, 2003
    I think that's a bug. The interface fades in when you switch from another application, but it shouldn't stay transparent. (You don't have any extensions/haxies/etc. to make windows transparent, do you?)

    The default toolbar borders are kind of transparent, you can try different display modes (with F) to find one you like better.
  14. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    Yes I'm afraid this is the case when using the Mac.

    Keep your desk top clear.

  15. highres macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2005
    Near the Singularity
    Unless you know how to do the simple CS3 Beta workaround so that the beta will never expire, but we won't talk about that, as that would be both unethical and illegal... :cool:
  16. dukebound85 macrumors P6


    Jul 17, 2005
    5045 feet above sea level
    You wouldn't be hinting at something would you haha
  17. MaaseyRacer macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2005
    San Francisco, Ca.
    I think I saw a CS3 crack out there that removes the trial stuff. You just have to track down the crack.

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